Agility and innovation needed to navigate fractured global trading system

Moulis Legal’s Alistair Bridges, author of the Australia instalment in Chambers International Trade 2021 Global Practice Guide, says that recent trade tensions are symptomatic of Australia’s uncomfortable position in a fracturing global trade system.

Chambers and Partners Global Practice Guides, published annually, bring together the world’s legal experts, who present their knowledge and opinions about their areas of practice. In International Trade 2021, Alistair provides a comprehensive analysis and commentary on Australia’s trade laws, institutions, and practices, and gives his views on current and future trends in international trade law. Trade agreements, customs formalities, sanction/export controls, trade rules, investment, assistance measures, are all covered, making Alistair’s Guide an essential first base for international business.

Looking ahead, Alistair advises caution, and adaptation:

Ultimately, Australia is in a difficult position, precariously bridging the growing chasm between two global superpowers, while shouldering the burden of its own national interest.

To prosper in these increasingly tumultuous times, both Australia and Australian companies need to be agile, innovative, and attuned to the rapidly changing legal landscape.

Chambers Global Practice Guides are an invaluable resource for anyone interested in a high-level discussion and comparison of various legal disciplines in different jurisdictions. Alistair reflected on his experience:

Contributing to the International Trade 2021 guide provided a fantastic opportunity to refresh, distil and display over a decades’ experience in international trade law.

Alistair Bridges is a key member of Moulis Legal’s international trade practice. He has practiced as an international trade lawyer for over a decade, acting in over 60 anti-dumping and countervailing investigations as well as safeguards investigations, customs disputes, export controls/sanctions compliance, complex domestic and cross-border commercial transactions and judicial review litigation.

Alistair’s strong expertise in international trade has him recognised as an ‘Associate to Watch’ in the international trade law field in both Chambers 2021 Asia-Pacific and Global Guides, as well as a ‘Rising Star’ by lawyer ranking agency Legal Media in the International Trade Law category of its 2020 Expert Guides publication, the only Australian lawyer to receive this commendation.

About Global Practice Guides

Chambers Global Practice Guides are definitive law guides offering comparative analysis from top-ranked lawyers. The Guides provide in-house counsel with expert legal commentary on the main legal practice areas in key jurisdictions around the world, focusing on the practical legal issues affecting business and enabling the reader to compare legislation and procedure across jurisdictions. Contributing editors identified to author country chapters in the Guides are those ranked by Chambers as the best in their field.

About Moulis Legal

Moulis Legal is a progressive modern legal business handling major commercial and international matters. The firm’s particular focus areas are international trade, energy and resources, intellectual property, government procurement, China business, property acquisition and development, business acquisition, mergers/joint ventures, major projects, and commercial litigation.

Moulis Legal’s international trade law team comprises six senior lawyers servicing clients through the firm’s Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Adelaide offices, and is regarded as Australia’s leading international trade and WTO practice firm. The team is a premium provider of comprehensive legal service-based representation in international trade law matters, especially anti-dumping and countervailing investigations and related legal proceedings, customs-related advisory work, export controls, sanctions, and cross-border agreements.

Chambers International Trade 2021 Global Practice Guide

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